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Last Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
With Ware Out 3-4 Weeks, Time for Jerry to Deal

Well, we knew DeMarco Murray would have his yearly injury, and like clockwork it happened last night. He’ll miss the Eagles game, and who knows for sure after that. What we do know is that DeMarcus Ware is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a quad strain. This leaves the Cowboys with a dangerously depleted unit on the defensive line; moreover, a weakened pass rush. At 31, Ware still has a few years in him, but he’s clearly showing signs of wear and tear, and this latest injury further highlights that downward trend unfortunately. What do the Cowboys do for this stretch without Ware or for the rest of the season? Its time for Jerry Jones to be working the phones with a deal for a DE, and it could involve shipping out Miles Austin. Austin is the best candidate for a player trade, he is now fully expendable with the emergence of Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. If we can’t move Austin for a player, throw in a draft pick, but something significant should be coming down the pipe. I just don’t see our luck lasting much longer. We managed a good showing last night, but the next few weeks offer us a more challenging path. 7. Oct. 20 @ Philadelphia Eagles, 12:00 p.m. 8.

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Cowboys Need to Move Miles Austin

By now, you have either gotten over the Broncos game or you have not; however, the loss illustrates how the Cowboys offense can compete with the top offensive juggernauts in the league. All of this offense was done without Miles Austin. Terrance Williams looks to be gaining confidence and momentum each game, and its time to turn the page on Miles Austin. Why hold on to the injury prone player?, get something for him and get something that can help the Cowboys right now. Having Austin on the team is like having a player that is suspended every single season. He misses too much time. Dump him now, the trade deadline is Oct. 29th and there are some teams that need a WR. The biggest hurdle would be Austin’s inflated contract and age (29) Get a draft pick for Austin or get a player + plus draft pick. Austin will not be here in 2014, the writing is on the wall, so make a deal. If we can get help for the remainder of the season, the obvious weakness is the defensive line. Either get a player or get a pick we can flip to add defensive line help for the 2014 draft. The 2013 defense looks different, but they are still giving up too many yards. Ware is on the downside of his career and its

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Denver Blowout Could Send Cowboys Into Tailspin

The Denver Broncos come to Dallas this Sunday with one of the most prolific offenses in recent years. Peyton Manning is on a mission, and every team in his path to the Super Bowl has been obliterated, absolutely destroyed. The Cowboys are an 8pt underdog, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos come into AT&T Stadium and have their way with the Cowboys. These Cowboys are the same old Cowboys, we ALL want to be optimistic, and we ALL want the Cowboys to win and make a playoff push, but its been business as usual. We are inconsistent on both sides of the ball. We win one game, and we lose one game. We have yet to string together wins that give us hope that we have finally turned the corner. This is going to be an ugly game. Yes, I like what the defense has been doing to a degree, but they are still struggling on 3rd downs, and Mo Claiborne looks completely lost and out of confidence despite what he says in interviews. Manning is going to eat up Claiborne all game long, every team has targeted him the most, he’s a walking 1st down for opposing offenses. If he stinks it up and continues to blame it on the scheme ship his butt outta here, get some value for him. My biggest

Last Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Same Old Cowboys, 8-8 here we come

The Cowboys are like a junkie, you think they turned a corner then they relapse and revert back to their predictable ways. This team had a chance to start a winning streak, but now we’re left with more questions than answers – we stink. Everyone was touting how we would have our way with the Chargers low rated pass and run defense. Lol, give me a break, these bumbling idiots (Garrett) failed miserably to exploit the Chargers deficiencies. Jason Garrett has a large chunk to blame for this gameplan, he is still a work in progress, a training on the job head coach. When the Cowboys are presented with a chance to take the NFC East what do they do? They choke. They failed to extend any sort of stranglehold on the NFC East. We are a fake first place team inside the division. I’m not sold, and most fans are not sold either, we’ve seen this movie before and it never ends well. With Miles Austin out we needed Terrance Williams to show up and start to look like a player for us. Instead, Williams is dropping passes, and fumbling the ball – you suck dude. As of right now, we’re stuck with an over priced Austin from now and for the foreseeable future. What the

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Anthony Spencer Era Done in Dallas

Looks like the Anthony Spencer era in Dallas is finally over. Jerry Jones is reporting that Spencer will likely need micro-fracture knee surgery, which will end his career in Dallas, and perhaps in the NFL. Micro-fracture surgery is a scary thing for players, and scarier for teams who would have otherwise been interested in signing Spencer next year. Spencer was an adequate player, nothing special, a Wade Phillips relic; and to me, I never saw him as a Garrett type player. What this means for the defense? It means George Selvie will be the man full-time, and who doesn’t mind that right now? Selvie has been playing solid football, he’s been a major contributor to this fierce pass rush renaissance. Further ahead, you can fully expect the Cowboys to add more depth for the 2014 NFL Draft. The Cowboys have also signed DT Drake Nevis and cut Jeremy Long to make room for the move. I’d expect the Cowboys to add another DE as well. Share

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Cowboys Run Over Rams 31-7

The Cowboys needed to avoid a slow start and they came out focused in all facets of the game. The Cowboys ran all over the Rams, literally, in a lopsided victory 31-7. This is the type of game the Cowboys would have been tripped by, but they made a statement instead. You want your team to dictate how the offense will operate and today the Cowboys unleashed DeMarco Murray to the tune of 175 yards on 26 carries, plus a touchdown. I wouldn’t say the Cowboys have developed an identity on offense yet, but if the Cowboys can use this game as a launch pad for consecutive wins, then we may be in for something magical this season – we’ll see. Its just one game, but it underscores what this team in capable of doing. Defensively, the Cowboys do have an identity and that’s a mauling defense. We are flying around on every snap, everyone is contributing to the gang tackling, and we are making people think twice about passing down the field. Opposing QBs have been consistently getting hit, hurried, and sacked. The Cowboys had 6 sacks today, further highlighting how much different this defense looks under the 4-3 scheme. Jason Hatcher is flourishing under the guidance of Kiffin

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Cowboys Cannot Afford 1-2 Start

The Cowboys host the Rams and the pressure is already heating up for Garrett & Co. During the offseason there was much debate and rumors about who would be the play caller this season. Garrett was mysterious in his answers, but Jerry Jones cleared the air and proclaimed that Bill Callahan would take over. Fast forward to week 2, and the fallout from some questionable play calling is now front and center amongst Cowboys Nation. If the Cowboys have another poor offensive outing then expect the rhetoric to be ratcheted up to another level. As fans, we are done waiting, we are done with the same old mediocre seasons, and we are done with the anemic offense. This season is it for Garrett, the last ride for him. Garrett has been average, and there hasn’t been any marked improvement since he took over. On top of that, his draft classes have not been good, 2011 may have been the best class with Tyron Smith and Bruce Carter as long term franchise type players. 2012 is a complete train wreck, and 2013 is a work in progress. The panic button was punched last season, so forget the talk about its not time to panic, we are already here. A 1-2 start would mark another precursor to another

Last Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Cowboys Offense Stifled, Lose to Chiefs 16-17

The Cowboys offense has picked up exactly where the 2012 version left, and that’s not going to get it done. We can’t run the damn ball, and we can’t convert 3rd downs because we are always stuck on 3rd and longs. The offense sucks man, same story. Tony Romo’s last offensive drive was horrendous, two near INTS, over throws – weak! I’m not very confident in Morris Claiborne, I just don’t feel comfortable or trust the guy. He can’t stay healthy and he stuck the nail in the coffin for us with that bone-headed interference call. He’s not playing better than Newman, he’s just not. We got rid of Newman and replaced him with Carr, and we thought we got rid of the finesse play. Well, the finesse play has moved to the other side of the field. Right now, I am NOT a Claiborne fan. The defense did what it could do, but the offense is killing us, just absolutely killing us. Again. This loss was a punch to the gut, we should have won this game. Romo choked, he can’t handle the pressure, and he never will. If we don’t blow people out and start this close game BS again like the last few years, it’ll be another 8-8 year and

Last Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Cowboys pulled out a win over the Giants 36-31 and thus, exocising some demons. The Cowboys have never beaten the Giants, but this year was different. The Cowboys took the field with their new look defense led by new DC Monte Kiffin. Kiffin preaches creating turnovers, and the hard work paid off. There were alot of questions how Kiffin would influence the players and its safe to say we could be very menacing this year. I love it, I’m going to celebrate now. More tomorrow… Share

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Ratliff Moved to PUP list, will miss first 6 weeks

The Cowboys have made the decision to move DT Jay Ratliff to PUP, which will keep him from action for 6 weeks. Barring further setbacks, Ratliff will be eligible for week 7 @ Philly (Oct. 20th) Expect to see Nick Hayden to take over alongside Jason Hatcher at the DT position. Ratliff is pretty much done in Dallas. Look for the Cowboys to reload the position in the 2014 draft. Share

Last Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013
Cowboys 2012 Draft Class already a Bust?

With the Cowboys dress rehearsal game this Saturday against the Bengals, its time for players to really shine and earn their stars for the 2013 season. This year’s rookie class is shaping up to be one of the Cowboys better draft classes under Garrett. We’ve already seen center Travis Frederick take a stranglehold on his spot, and he’s only going to improve and lead this offensive line. You have to like what we’ve seen in LB Devonte Holloman, he’s going to unseat one of the starting linebackers, and I’m not talking about Carter or Lee. WR Terrance Williams will be a contributor and is already penciled in as the #3 WR, and he could move up once Austin gets his yearly injury, and we may never look back once that happens. Safety, JJ Wilcox sure looks like he’s going to be a player for us, and contribute as well. The rest of the class has potential and will likely contribute as well – its looking good. Conversely, the same cannot be made about last year’s 2012 draft class. Its said that it takes 3 years to know what you have in a draft class; but in our case, I think we know what we have with this batch of players and its not good at

Last Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Cowboys dialed up another poor performance, highlighted by several boneheaded turnovers on offense. Yes, it’s the preseason, but you don’t see our rivals within the NFC East struggling on offense. I’ve seen our rivals and they are moving the ball and looking good on offense. The same cannot be said about the Cowboys and the starting offense is running out of time to get this thing going. Next week is the dress rehearsal game against the Bengals, and if the offense can’t put together some decisive drives we are in trouble. No, we are not over reacting, it’s time to make that leap, we’ve given Garrett the keys and no more excuses will be tolerated. The Cowboys saving grace has been the defense, they installed a new 4-3 scheme and they look miles ahead of the offense – that’s scary. I’m excited about the defense, but to get into the playoffs the offense better get their crap together. Share

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